My family enjoys taking walks in the neighborhood, but we have started to notice a frustrating trend in UA.

To the Editor:

My family enjoys taking walks in the neighborhood, but we have started to notice a frustrating trend in UA.

It has become a regular occurrence for dogs to run out of their yards at us. This spring, a large dog ran into the street where we were walking and attacked our dog. He suffered injuries that required muscle surgery and staples to close the wound.

Last week, another large dog tethered to its house with a thin plastic rope suddenly ran out to the street at us. The rope broke, and we had to scramble to shield our young child and our own dog.

I mentioned these two events because they were especially bad, but we encounter this experience on a regular basis.

I have had dogs my entire life, and I think they are great companions. I recognize that a dog can be unpredictable and it is my responsibility to control him.

When we decided to get a puppy, we did not pick him up until we finished building a fence around our property. It was work, but we took on the responsibility to keep him safe in our yard and give the public a safe path by our house.

When people ignore this responsibility and let their dogs run into the street, it's not fair to their neighbors or their own dogs. We live near another dog owner whose dog consistently gets out and runs back and forth across the 35 mph road on which we live. We are so worried that someday we are going to watch this dog get hit by a car.

If you own a dog, enjoy him, protect him, and be a good neighbor. Don't put the burden on others to react or be responsible for him; take full accountability and do what is necessary to keep your dog in your house or yard.

Tony Auseon
Upper Arlington